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A Canadian in the French Foreign Legion

By Joel Adam Struthers
Foreword by Col. Benoit Desmeulles
Subjects Biography & Autobiography, History, Military History, Life Writing
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Paperback : 9781771121057, 250 pages, March 2019
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771121064, 250 pages, March 2019
Audiobook (MP3) : 9781771124867, 250 pages, August 2020

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Table of contents

Acronyms and abbreviations
Chapter 1: The
Road to France
Chapter 2:
Chapter 3:
Chapter 4: Rouge
Chapter 5: Castel
Chapter 6: The
Chapter 7: 3rd
Company, 3rd Section
Chapter 8: Pieds-Noirs
Chapter 9: Le
Chapter 10: 1st
Company, 1st Section
Chapter 11:
Chapter 12: Caporal
Chapter 13:
French Equatorial Africa
Chapter 14:
Chapter 15:
Chapter 16: The
Ultimate Sacrifice
Chapter 17:
Chapter 18: Jesus
Christ Pose
Chapter 19: GQ
Chapter 20: Part
of the Team
Chapter 21: Paris
Chapter 22: Chad
Chapter 23: Biltine
Chapter 24: Alps
Chapter 25: Case
de Gaulle
Chapter 26: Déjà
Chapter 27: Groupement
Chapter 28: Salade
Chapter 29: Civile
Epilogue: Système


Appel: A Canadian in the French Foreign Legion is the first-hand account of the author’s six years as a professional soldier during the 1990s, and his experience in the Legion's elite Groupe des Commandos Parachutistes (GCP). Joel Struthers recounts the dangers and demands of military life, from the rigours of recruitment and operational training in the rugged mountains of France, to face-to-face combat in the grasslands of some of Africa’s most troubled nations.
Told through the eyes of a soldier, and interspersed with humorous anecdotes, Appel is a fascinating story that debunks myths about the French Foreign Legion and shows it more accurately as a professional arm of the French military. Struthers provides insight into the rigorous discipline that the Legion instills in its young recruits, – who trade their identities as individuals for a life of adventure and a role in a unified fighting force whose motto is “Honour and Loyalty.”
Foreword by Col. Benoit Desmeulles, former commanding officer of the Legions 2e Régiment Étranger Parachutistes.


In Appel, Joel Struthers has illustrated a soldier’s life on and off duty through his vast experience in diverse training activities and operations. Those with a military background will find this a fascinating story, laced with humour, and told through the eyes of a professional soldier in a renowned military organization, the French Foreign Legion. Those who have not experienced military life will be equally fascinated with a soldier’s insights into the dangerous and demanding profession of arms.

- LGen (Retired) RR Crabbe, CMM, MSC, MSM, CD, B Sc